Goody-goody gumdrops: Donald Trump and Barack Obama are just best pals!
Trump, who spent quite a lot of time bashing Obama when he was running for president, said not only does he “really like him as a person,” but added that he’s even vetting his cabinet picks with Obama, and takes Obama’s “recommendations very seriously.”
Trump acknowledged he’s considering Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Manchin as possible members of his administration. The reason for picking Heitkamp would seem fairly obvious; the governor of North Dakota, Jack Dalrymple, who would pick a replacement, is a Republican, and so the Democrats would lose another seat in the Senate.
Trump and Obama have been conversing regularly; Trump told Matt Lauer on the Today show that he’s been seeking advice from Obama on a number of issues, boasting, “There are some people that I will be appointing, and in one case have appointed, where he thought very highly of that person.” Trump would not divulge who that person was.
]Trump added, “We have a really good chemistry together. We talk. He loves the country, he wants to do right by the country and for the country … We obviously very much disagree on certain polices and certain things. I really like him as a person.”
When Lauer asked whom Obama advised Trump to hire, Trump responded:
Well, I don't think that would be fair to him, but I have asked him what he would think of this one and that one. I've asked him what he thinks are the biggest problems of the country, what are some of the greatest assets going forward … We have a very good dialogue. I really, I do, like him. I love getting his ideas. And I may differ, in many cases I differ very greatly.
In his interview with Time Magazine, which named him “person of the Year,” Trump reiterated Obama “really cares about the country.” He continued:
I mean, I differ with him in numerous things. But he really cares about the country … I had a great meeting with him at the White House and a couple of great conversations. He – you know he’s very committed. And you hear all different – I will tell you, I really liked him, I think he liked me. I think he was surprised also … We talked about some of the potential appointments that I would make. I wanted to get his opinion. And he gave me some opinions on some people that were very interesting to me, and that meant something to me. I believe in asking people. We have different views but he loves our country. And he wants what’s good for our country. So I did talk to him about certain people that I’m thinking about. Got his ideas.
Trump and Obama weren’t always best buddies; After Obama went golfing following his remarks on the beheading of American journalist James Foley in 2014, Trump blasted the president, snapping:
He couldn’t get his clothing off fast enough to put on a golf outfit. Usually, he doesn’t wear a tie anyway. I’m not even sure he was wearing a tie then. The whole thing is just ridiculous. Look, we have somebody — it’s almost like he doesn’t want the position. He’s got it. He likes campaigning, and that’s about it. He sort of likes campaigning. I’m not sure he likes anything. But we have a president that really doesn’t seem to want to be there.